Forensic Chemistry

Chemical methods in forensics and criminology.

Forensic chemistry is the application of chemical techniques to law enforcement or the failure of products or processes. The scientific boundaries are not sharply defined for forensic chemistry, so it includes topics that are not entirely chemical in nature.

Online available information resources on forensic chemistry.


Current Articles
General Information
Lecture Notes, Tutorials
Special Information
Analysis and Determination
Data and Databases
Software and Programs
Information Centres

Current Articles

New Method to Identify Latent Fingerprints
Caught red-handed: detection of latent fingerprints through release of fluorescein from a nanofiber mat

General Information

Forensic Science Technician
Guide to forensic science and criminal justice programs: search 170+ forensic science colleges

Lecture Notes, Tutorials

Forensic Analytical Chemistry
Lecture notes

Forensic Chemistry
Lecture notes - Format: PDF

Forensic Chemistry
Course outline - Format: PDF

Forensic entomology
The ultimate guide to forensic entomology

Forensic Medicine for Medical Students
This subject is now rarely taught at undergraduate level (particularly in the UK) and so this site provides a unique resource for clinical forensic medicine, legal medicine and forensic pathology

Report: The Role and Impact of Forensic Evidence in the Criminal Justice System - Format: PDF

Special Information

Body Fluids
Technical Report: Application of Raman Spectroscopy for an Easy-to-Use, on-Field, Rapid, Nondestructive, Confirmatory Identification of Body Fluids - Format: PDF

The Bali Bombings
A case study in forensic chemistry - Format: PDF

Analysis and Determination

Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Tutorial
Examination of the shapes, locations, and distribution patterns of bloodstains, in order to provide an interpretation of the physical events which gave rise to their origin

Mitochondrial DNA Analysis
... at the FBI Laboratory

Standardization of DNA Profiling Techniques in the European Union; SMT4 CT97-7506. University of Mainz

Data and Databases

Forensic Pathology Index
A series of images demonstrating gross and microscopic pathologic findings, as well as some diagrams

A compendium of polymorphisms and mutations of the human mitochondrial DNA

STRBase - Short Tandem Repeat DNA
These data are intended to benefit research and application of short tandem repeat DNA markers to human identity testing. NIST Standard Reference Database SRD 130

Software and Programs

Bloodstain Pattern Simulations
A physical analysis - Format: PDF


American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology
... features original articles on new examination and documentation procedures, as well as provocative discussions of the forensic pathologist's expanding role. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

Canadian Society of Forensic Science Journal
... is published quarterly and is devoted to the publication of original papers, comments and reviews in the various branches of forensic science. Taylor and Francis

Forensic Science Abstracts
Excerpta Medica Abstract Journal. The journal aims to provide its readers with a swift, yet complete, current awareness service. Elsevier

Forensic Science Communications
... is a peer-reviewed forensic science journal published quarterly by FBI Laboratory personnel. It is a means of communication between forensic scientists. FBI

Forensic Science International
... publishes original contributions in the many different scientific disciplines pertaining to the forensic sciences. Fields include forensic pathology and histochemistry, chemistry, biochemistry and toxicology (including drugs, alcohol, etc.), biology (including the identification of hairs and fibres), serology, odontology, psychiatry, anthropology, the physical sciences, firearms, and document examination, as well as investigations of value to public health in its broadest sense, and the important marginal area where science and medicine interact with the law. Elsevier

International Journal of Legal Medicine
... aims to improve the scientific armamentarium used in the elucidation of crime and related forensic applications at a high level of evidential proof. The journal offers review articles tracing development in specific areas, with up-to-date analysis; original articles discussing significant recent research results; case reports describing interesting and exceptional examples; letters to the editors; and technical notes, which appear in a section originally created for rapid publication of data in the dynamic field of DNA analysis. Springer

Journal of Forensic Sciences
... provides the latest information on the many disciplines represented in forensic sciences. ASTM/Blackwell


American Board of Forensic Toxicology is a non-profit organization incorporated in the District of Columbia

American Academy of Forensic Sciences
As a professional society dedicated to the application of science to the law, the AAFS is committed to the promotion of education and the elevation of accuracy, precision, and specificity in the forensic sciences

American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors
ASCLD is a nonprofit professional society of crime laboratory directors and forensic science managers dedicated to promoting excellence in forensic science through leadership and innovation

Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
ACFE is a not-for-profit, independent, scientific and professional society

Germany's Federal Criminal Police Office

Canadian Society of Forensic Science
CSFS is a non-profit professional organization incorporated to maintain professional standards, and to promote the study and enhance the stature of forensic science

Forensic Science Society
FSSoc is the professional body for forensic practitioners and those working in related fields and provides the professional voice for forensic professionals in the UK and internationally

German Society of Legal Medicine
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Rechtsmedizin, DGRM

International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators
The IABTI is an independent, non-profit, professional association formed for countering the criminal use of explosives

International Association of Forensic Toxicologists
TIAFT members come from the police force, medical examiners and coroners' laboratories, horseracing and sports doping laboratories, hospitals, departments of legal medicine, pharmacology, pharmacy and toxicology

International Society for Forensic Genetics
ISFG is an international association promoting scientific knowledge in the field of genetic markers analyzed for forensic purposes

Joint Pathology Center
JPC is the federal government's premier pathology reference center supporting the Military Health System (MHS), DoD and other federal agencies

Society of Forensic Toxicologists
SOFT is an organization composed of practicing forensic toxicologists and those interested in the discipline for the purpose of promoting and developing forensic toxicology

Society of Toxicological and Forensic Chemistry
Gesellschaft für Toxikologische und Forensische Chemie. GTFCh, Germany - [d]

Information Centres
Alan Barbour's Forensic Toxicology Page is a Noncommercial Guide to Experts, Laboratories and Forensic Toxicology Links

Forensic Mathematics
The mathematics of DNA identification. Paternity testing, kinship, DNA databases, matching probabilities, mixed stains. Software: DNAVIEW for DNA analysis, PATER for paternity reports, serological calculations. Hillblom and Jefferson stories. STR utility. Mutations in DNA identification

Forensic Toxicology
A World Wide Web Virtual Library

Related Books and Scientific Literature: Forensic Chemistry

Book recommendation

Javed Khan, Thomas J. Kennedy, Jr., Donnell Christian

Basic Principles of Forensic Chemistry

Basic Principles of Forensic Chemistry aims to provide the eager student with a clear and concise understanding of forensic chemistry. Leading experts in the field contribute general examination techniques, followed by more specific application models. Beginning with reviews of the basic principles of chemistry such as atomic structure and expanding through molecules and into organic chemistry, the detailed chapters also serve as an introduction to the tools used by all examiners, provide insight into the job at hand, specifically the different types of controlled substances encountered by the forensic drug chemist, and illustrate the most challenging portion of a forensic drug chemist's job: clandestine laboratory operations. In addition to the theoretical, the inclusion of the Forensic Chemistry Laboratory Manual, on CD-ROM, allows the theoretical principles explained in the book to come to life with a collection of practical exercises promoting valuable hands-on experience while adding clarity and continuity to the lecture topics.

Essential and comprehensive, Basic Principles of Forensic Chemistry imparts the fundamental knowledge required for the rewarding journey into the field of forensic chemistry.

Humana Press; 2008

Book recommendation

Cathy Cobb, Monty L. Fetterolf, Jack G. Goldsmith

Crime Scene Chemistry for the Armchair Sleuth

Chemists and science authors Cathy Cobb and Monty L. Fetterolf have teamed up with Jack G. Goldsmith, fellow chemist and reserve police officer, to create another intriguing trek through the science of chemistry, this time using the fascinating field of forensic chemistry as their framework. All new hands-on demonstrations and fictional minute mysteries illustrate chemical concepts as the authors present the science--and the realities--of forensic chemistry in a narrative style that makes this timely topic accessible to the nonchemist. The authors lead you through actual and simulated forensic techniques such as · presumptive and confirmative drug testing · body fluid identification including luminol testing · DNA analysis · trace fiber and gun shot residue analysis · latent fingerprint development and collection · forensic soil analysis Through more than twenty-five demonstrations, using ordinary household products and items, you can become familiar with the basics of forensic chemistry and gain insights into the painstaking work that goes into criminal investigations that is rarely seen on TV.

If you're a fan of true-crime stories or mystery fiction, or interested in the science behind dramas like CSI, this informative and entertaining book is a must-have addition to your library.

Prometheus Books; 2007

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Last update 16.11.2016

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